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What Does It Mean When My Cat Purrs?

What Does It Mean When My Cat Purrs?

When your cat purrs, it could be trying to send you a message.

Have you ever wondered what it means when your cat purrs? It’s probably the most common sound they make, and there may be a way to determine their mood or behaviors based off these purrs. A single purr can convey a variety of emotions. What you don’t want to do is make an assumption that your cat is okay or in trouble based off these sounds, which is why it’s important to understand the meaning of the purrs.

They’re Looking Or Expecting Something

Much like a small child, a cat’s purr can sometimes be a distress signal, meaning they need something. In many cases, that something is food. It’s quite an interesting method, isn’t it? Some cats will purr when they need a meal, and this purr will not sound the same in comparison to the others. This sound will have a significant, definitive tone, practically begging the owner to feed them.

Everything Is Okay

When a cat purrs an emotion is being evoked, and in some situations the feeling of happiness is being shared. This is probably the reason most owners think their cat is purring, and it’s not at all uncommon. If you’re relaxing with your cat, the chances are that they wanted to express their satisfaction with the situation. In this particular scenario, a cat purr is the equivalent of a smile!

They’re Healing

With a variety of ways to show how they are feeling, a cat’s purr can convey that they are in the process of healing. In fact, healing may be too strong. Your cat could easily be giving themselves a form of soothing or relief. When a cat purrs, the vibrational activity can lead to healed bones or wounds. It can also make the process of breathing easier while reducing any current pain. At the same time, it could be a sound made out of fear, in that the cat is either sick, injured, or afraid. Through purring, it acts as the cat’s reassurance to itself.

Get In Touch With The Catonsville Cat Clinic Today!

For 20 years, the Catonsville Cat Clinic has been providing quality veterinary care to the cats of Catonsville and beyond! Dr. Pam Nesbitt, who purchased the practice in July of 2011, runs the Catonsville Cat Clinic with compassion in mind. A team of professionals with an advanced level of veterinary medicine is at your service to make sure your cat is healthy and happy. So stop on by; we’d love to get to know you and your cat!

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